To say that a lot has happened in 2020 would be the understatement of the year; it’s certainly been a challenge to keep track of all of the little moments that happened over the course of the past twelve months. So, to remind you of some of The Hun School’s favorite moments of 2020, here’s a round-up of the most popular content amongst our community this year.
1. Hunsung Heroes: Kaley Wills ’13 Fights The Good Fight...With A Little Help From Hun Friends
As an ER nurse at Capital Health in Trenton for the last two-and-a-half years, Kaley Wills ’13 is no stranger to uncertainty. “You just never know what is coming through that door,” she says. She is used to a steady stream of strokes, psychiatric emergencies and life-threatening injuries, but the current public health crisis facing New Jersey, and the world, is unlike anything she has ever seen. Despite the trying times, Ms. Wills’ spirits have been buoyed by the outpouring of support she has received from friends, family, and fellow Hun alumni. Read more.
2. Finding Your Fit: The College Counseling Process With Alexis English ’20
When it came to deciding on where to apply, Alexis had a very open mind. For her, it wasn’t about the location, the size, the food, or the programs. It was about how she felt when she stepped foot on each campus. As the acceptances came flooding in, Alexis realized she had to narrow down her long list of schools in hopes of making a final decision as early as May 1st. After weighing the pros and cons of each school, Alexis was able to narrow down her top five choices. Baylor University, William & Mary, Creighton University, Loyola Marymount University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alexis planned to pursue a pre-med track in college, while also studying history and french. Read more.
3. 10 Questions For: Otis Douce, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Global Diversity
Promoted to the School’s Administrative Team last July, Mr. Douce has facilitated much of the School’s programming and conversations around diversity last summer, including the publication of the School’s new Strategic Plan for Cultural Competency. And, while he has a new title, broader reach, and the heightened expectations that accompany a national conversation around race upon him, he plans to approach his work with the same intentionality that he always has: using the gift of time to his advantage by focusing on more long-term planning for not only the current Hun students, but for future Hun students. Read more.
4. Hunsung Heroes: Tali Weinstein ’16
Tali Weinstein ’16 is a mechanical engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology, where the five-year program includes spending two summers and two full semesters in a co-op program. Mr. Weinstein’s current co-op placement is at Teknic (a manufacturer of industrial brushless servo motors), where he works on a variety of projects to improve the manufacturing process of advanced servo motors. Until recently, his typical day included CAD design, rapid prototyping, programming, and working with various electronics. Of course, that was before COVID-19 reached the U.S. and Teknic received a call from DigiKey and Steve Richardson, MD, (a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow at the University of Minnesota Medical School) regarding a prototype of an ambu bag robot. Read more.
5. Mehar Bajwa ’20 To Receive Young Woman of Achievement Award
On March 31, 2020, Mehar Bajwa ’ received the Young Woman of Achievement award at Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women’s Annual Volunteer Awards Reception for her outstanding commitment to community service. At the time, Mehar was involved in the National Honors Society, Red Shield Society, and Junior State of America Club on campus. Off campus, Mehar spent her after-school hours and weekends participating in a variety of volunteer groups. Mehar was a volunteer for the Corner House and TAG and later sat on the board of the Princeton Health Department. She interned for political campaigns, the Department of Homeland Security, and was part of SikhLead. Read more.